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Bids for Coffee Kids – Final Results

Posted in coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Chad

Our little home roasters’ auction to benefit Coffee Kids has just finished its fourth and final week.  We had a furious round of last-second bidding–including two of our month-long items donated by
Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters changing hands in the last two minutes!

Week 4 items brought in $1,553

Month-long items brought in $3,615

Our grand total for the month: $10.063!

We made it!  Thanks to all who bid, all of our donors, my fellow organizers, and of course, our hosts over at the Green Coffee Buying Club. Hopefully, we’ll be doing this again next year.

Here’s hoping our little effort makes a difference.

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Bids for Coffee Kids – Weeks Two and Three Results

Posted in coffee cupping, coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2010 by Chad

Our little home roasters’ auction to benefit Coffee Kids has just finished its third week.  We didn’t have a furious round of last-second bidding, but we did get a good excuse why one of our organizers didn’t bid at the last minute–he fell asleep.

Our second and third weeks matched the success of the first week–each week pulled in more than the retail value of the items donated.  We raised $1487 during the second week, and $1599 for the third.  That brings our three-week total to $4895!  It appears our bidders continue to demonstrate the generous spirit shown by all of our donors.

Week Four lots are now open, including a coffee table book filled with the espresso photos of one of Green Coffee Buying Club’s members, Shaun Taylor.  Shaun has always graced us with his espresso and life journeys, most of which are marked by his keen photographic eye.  Check out his photo blog for some examples of his journey.   There are another eighteen items up for bid, and this is also the last week to bid on our month-long items, including a Hottop coffee roaster, a Behmor coffee roaster, and training sessions from Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters.    Please visit our hosts at the Green Coffee Buying Club to check out the lots.  Bid early, Bid often!

Bids for Coffee Kids – Week One Results

Posted in coffee roasting, home roasting, roasting with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by Chad

Our little home roasters’ auction to benefit Coffee Kids has just finished its first week.  The last hour had a run of furious bidding, with one unlucky soul missing out of a lot by two seconds!

We were hoping for a good turnout for the first week, and we certainly got it!  Our first week lots resulted in bids totaling $1809, which was well over the retail value of the item.  It appears our bidders have latched on to the generous spirit shown by all of our donors.

Week Two lots are now open, including a BUNN STX Home Brewer, a Reg Barber Tamper, 10 lbs. of the 7th Place Guatemala 2009 Cup of Excellence green coffee, and another 16 items.  Please visit our hosts at the Green Coffee Buying Club to check out the lots.  Bid early, Bid often!  Full listing of Week Two lots is below.

Week Two – Open from May 8 to May 15

Item 2-1 Roast Magazine Hard Copy Back issues (2006-2007) (Retail value$50)
15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-2 Roast Magazine CDROM Back Issues (2004-2005) (Retail value $50)
15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 2-3 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)
Item 2-4 BUNN STX Home Brewer donated by BUNN (Retail value $150)
Item 2-5 10 lbs. El Salvador Los Pirineos Pacamara donated by Atlas (Retail value $75)
Item 2-6 Reg Barber Tamper (size selected by winner) donated by 1st in Coffee (Retail value $70)
Item 2-7 Bialetti Mukka Express, Stove Top Espresso Maker donated by Our Coffee Barn (Retail value $75)
Item 2-8 Cory rod (new in box), and five Yama siphon filters donated by GCBC member BoldJava (Retail value $23)
Item 2-9 Aeropress Coffee Maker donated by Aeropress (Retail value $25)
15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-10 15 lbs. PNG Kimel Peaberry donated by GCBC member draagoth (Retail value $45)
Item 2-11 15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 2-12 15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-13 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)
Item 2-14 Tambaroo French Kiss – French Press accessory donated by GCBC member peter (Retail value $15)
Item 2-15 Kill A Watt Model P4400 donated by GCBC member CAGurl
(Retail value $20)
Item 2-16 2 lbs. of descaling Citric Acid donated by GCBC member CAGurl
(Retail value $10)
Item 2-17 10 lbs. Guatemala 7th Place, 2009 Cup of Excellence, Puerta Verde donated by Invalsa (Retail value $161)
Item 2-18 Hario Buono V60 Kettle donated by GCBC member BoldJava
(Retail value $15)
Item 2-19 GCBC Extra-Large T-Shirt donated by GCBC member milowebailey
(Retail value $19)

Donor Shout Out – Round Two

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by Chad

Another quick post to thank more of folks that have set up the this year’s home roasters’ auction for Coffee Kids, Bids for Coffee Kids for success.

Many thanks to Nelson Valverde of Invalsa Coffee, who donated  ten-pound lots of two different Cup of Excellence coffees and three microlots from Bolivia.  All of the Bolivian lots just arrived, and the CoE lots are from the 2009 Coe in Costa Rica and Guatemala.  All lots were vacuum packed in the country of origin.  Thank you, Invalsa!

Many thanks to Craig Holt, Karen KasKaren Kazmierczak, and the rest of the folks at Atlas Coffee Importers, who donated two separate lots to the auction: 10 lbs. of El Salvador Los Pirineos Pacamara and 15 lbs. of Brazil Samambia Peaberry Yellow Bourbon Pulp Natural.  Thank you, Atlas!

Many thanks to Connie Blumhardt, Kelly Stewert, and the rest of the folks at Roast Magazine.  Connie has contributed two one-year subscriptions to Roast, as well as two full sets of back issues.  Thank you Roast Magazine!

Many thanks to Jeff Woods, Paul Balmer, and the rest of the folks at Dillanos Coffee Roasters, who have donated another graphic design project like last year.  Last year’s winner is more than happy with the result, which you can see at the top of the page.  Dillanos’ graphic designers are wonderful to work with, and can easily translate your vision and mission into a logo that pops.  Thank you Dillanos!

Stay tuned to more shout outs to all the wonderful folks who have contribute d to this year’s auction.  Bidding on the month-long lots will be open until May 29th, and bidding on Week One lots will continue until 6:00 pm Central (US) on Saturday May 8th.  Week Two lots will open at 6:01 pm Central (US), Saturday May 8th, over at our host the Green Coffee Buying Club (free registration required).

Donor Shout Out – Coffee Importers

Posted in coffee, home roasting with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Chad

Just a short post to thank several of the folks that have set up this year’s home roasters’ auction for Coffee Kids, Bids for Coffee Kids to succeed.

Many thanks to Andrew Miller, Anna Mrdutt, Tim O’Brien, and all the rest of the folks at Café Imports, who have donated a full 60kg bag of what I am told is one of, if not THE top Kenya AA Auction lot out of their latest container.  Kenya Their AA Auction Lot, with the following notes:

Structured, bright, key lime, chocolate, ruby red grapefruit, currant, juicy, balanced, citrus, grapefruit, stonefruit, clean, currant, raspberry, lemon.

Thank you, Café Imports!

Another round of thanks goes to Jaime Schoenhut, Richard Borg, Andrew Blyth, Camilo Yubank, and the rest of the folks at Royal Coffee New York.  These fine folks donated a full 69kg bag of El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural.  Cupping notes for this coffee:

Sweet start followed by creamy, milk chocolate and cherry flavors, a fully-developed body and a lemony-orange finish

Thank you, Royal Coffee NY!

The last round of thanks goes to Leah Warren and the fine folks at the Mercanta USA office in Lynnwood, Washington.  These kind folks donated a full 69kg bag of Peru Organic El Guabo.  Cupping notes:

Intense notes of molasses, a very rounded syrupy mouthfeel and sugar cane sweetness, combined with a tartaric acidity.

Thank you, Mercanta!

Stay tuned to more shout outs to all the wonderful folks who have contribute d to this year’s auction.  Bidding begins tomorrow at 6:01 pm Central (US) time, over at our host the Green Coffee Buying Club (free registration required).

Our Generous Friends

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Chad

As we rapidly approach the opening of this years Bids for Coffee Kids auction to benefit Coffee Kids, more and more generous friends are standing up to support our cause.

Last last night, I got a message from Nick Cho, offering to donate one or more 3-hour coffee brewing/espresso training sessions or coffee cupping/green coffee grading sessions to the auction.  After a few back and forth messages, Nick settle up on the following two donations on behalf of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, which have been added to our Month Long items:

Item M-7: 3-hour customized cupping and/or green coffee grading training with Trish Rothgeb

Item M-8: 3-hour customized training on espresso and brewing with Nick Cho

Thank you both for such a generous offer.  It’s wonderful to have you in DC!

3-hour customized cupping and/or green coffee grading training with Trish Rothgeb

Kick It Up for Coffee Kids – Final Week Results

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by Chad

The month-long Kick It Up for Coffee Kids auction over at homeroasters.org just completed this evening.

Throughout the month of May 2009, Homeroasters.org conducted
auctions on a wide variety of items, many of which the specialty
coffee industry donated with jubilation. Items up for bid ranged from
assortments of top-quality green coffee, to magazine subscriptions,
grinders, brewers, roasters and much, much more; all proceeds are going
directly to Coffee Kids.

Here is the final tally for the auction:

Week 1 Subtotal $890.00
Week 2 Subtotal $775.00
Week 3 Subtotal $587.00
Week 4 Subtotal $1,026.00
Stone Soup items Subtotal $610.00
Month-long items Subtotal $1,720.00

Total Auction $5,608.00

The top lot was a Behmor 1600 home coffee roaster, donated by Joe Behm, combined with 15 pounds of Colombian Organic Don Telmo Reserva Bourbon donated by Royal Coffee NY, which fetched $600.  Close second was the refurbished Zassenhaus hand grinder donated by Orphan Espresso, which fetched a last minute, over-the-top bid of $547.  Additionally, Joe Behm donated a second roaster as a surprise last-minute lot for the second place bidder.

Thank you to all who participated as bidders, donors, well-wishers, public advocates via blog or Twitter, and organizers.  As one of the organizing team, all of you made our work possible, and made for a month and a result well beyond any of our expectations.  Thank you all for allowing us to funnel your incredible generousity to the kids!